Sunday, 23 May 2010

Sri Nanak Parkash - Post 090

Above is an illustrated page from a Janamsakhi of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji written in Shahmukhi

Below continues the divine updesh by Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji to the Bedi lineage along with the intellectuals of Talwandi about the vedic rituals and the sacred thread ceremony. The stanzas numbered thirty one to forty are below from the ninth Adhyai;

ਚਉਕੜਿ ਮੁਲਿ ਅਣਾਇਆ ਬਹਿ ਚਉਕੈ ਪਾਇਆ ॥ ਸਿਖਾ ਕੰਨਿ ਚੜਾਈਆ ਗੁਰੁ ਬ੍ਰਾਹਮਣੁ ਥਿਆ ॥ ਓਹੁ ਮੁਆ ਓਹੁ ਝੜਿ ਪਇਆ ਵੇਤਗਾ ਗਇਆ ॥੧॥

Quatrain – (Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji are explaining the shabad above) “O Pandits you are giving this kind of sacred thread which can be purchased for four small coins. At the end of your life will burn in the funeral pyre and follow the soul to the next world where it was supposed to come of some use.” 31.

“This sacred thread will not be able to be of any use in the next world and is only for show in this world. I have no work that involves attachment to this world so for what reason should I consciously adopt this sacred thread?” 32.

“When the angels of death grab you and beat you this sacred thread will give you no strength. In place of the sacred thread the name of God will be the dispeller of pain. The individual who is a liar and is trapped in a life of sinful acts such as theft they will receive a severe punishment.” 33.

“For this reason meditate on the true name of the Lord and if you do you will cross this worldly ocean to safety. If you are to meditate on the name of God this will remain with you in this world and the next. With great devotion meditate on his name both day and night.” 34.

There is a vast congregation of Brahmins and Kshatris in the house of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji who have heard these divine words and their minds are surprised. No one has the power to answer Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji as the words spoken are the complete truth. 35.

Then those individuals who knew Baba Kalu Ji all said the following, “O Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, you are very clever so please listen to our request. The holy word which you have spoken is true.” 36.

“Still your father has spent a lot of money on this ritual so that you can wear the sacred thread which gives glory. If you do not wear this sacred thread then all this expense will be wasted. Including all of the materials your father has collected for this event.” 37.

“All of the Brahmins and Kshatris have come to your house so please wear this glorious sacred thread. If a person is not to follow the rituals of his family then they become ostracised.” 38

“So with all the people present including your family please them once by just wearing the sacred thread. All of the people here are pleased that you will be adorned with the sacred thread and if you do not they will become upset.” 39.

“If you are to wear the sacred thread once then after that you can do as you consciously believe is correct.” After hearing the request from the Bedi lineage Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji who had lotus eyes said the following; 40.

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